Tunisian authorities decide to set curfew in Sidi Bouzid

10:05, July 20, 2011      

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The Tunisian authorities decided to impose a curfew on the southern governorate of Sidi Bouzid, the birth cradle of the Tunisian protests, the official press agency TAP reported on Monday.

The curfew which will be in force since Monday from 10 p.m. ( 2000 GMT) to 5 a.m. (0300 GMT) is part of a decision "to save human lives and to protect public and private property," TAP quoted a communique from the interior ministry as saying.

On Sunday night, a 14-year old boy was killed by a stray bullet during clashes between the security forces and the demonstrators in Sidi Bouzid, TAP reported.

In December, Sidi Bouzid street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, igniting nationwide protests that led to the ouster of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on Jan. 14.

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